Have you ever had months or weeks when you just want to throw up your hands and give up? One of those weeks when not much made sense, you asked ‘why?’ and the gloomy clouds outside matched your mood?
Yeah, I had a month of those weeks in my writing life.
But a great thing happened in the midst of the dark. I didn’t have a meltdown because other people’s posts and words (which I stumbled upon) lifted me above the clouds; especially this week.
I want to share these words and say thank you to the writers/bloggers who I came across in the past seven days:
“I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” Anne Lamott
A revolutionary patience. I loved hearing hope described in that way.
“misery shared is misery halved, and joy shared is joy doubled.”
At Publishing Crawl, author Stacie Lee and Stephanie Garber gave encouragement with their post, Moving Beyond Rejection. My misery halved.
Bustle.com had an article on Octavia Butler’s Letter to Herself:
Some humorous pet photos passed my way and the laughter lifted my spirits:
An angel appeared:(from Gerry Wilson’s blog).
12 reminders to live passionately dropped into my email box.
And this past weekend I went to a woman’s worship service and Sunday service. The message from one: You can worship through your hardship.
The message from our ‘tell it like it is’ pastor: “Hard Life, Good God.” He spoke on the reality of trials, that they are unavoidable but purposeful.
Yes, it was ‘one of those months,’ but I heard the message loud and clear.
When we don’t know what to do pray, ask for wisdom, have faith, and believe.
I feel better already!